"This anti-elegy, both reverent and funny, anticipates the funny reverence that Wier finds, makes up, and sustains throughout her decades of subsequent writing."--Jacket Magazine Dara Wier's loose sonnets insist on a living language in the face of death, cycling and vibrant as the water that runs through them...Assigned to Adventure said the motto on our buttons. The last thing we knew Before we left with our satchels concerned how love withdraws Moving backward taking with it everything, our names, this way. Dara Wier directs the MFA program at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This is her ninth book, and first new collection of poetry since 2006.